Posts Tagged 'libellulidae'

blue marsh hawk and the skimmers

Posted by on 12 Jun 2014 | Category: photography, prakriti

The blue marsh hawk belong to the dragonfly family of skimmers, and are conspicuous with their blue thorax and tail.

blue marsh hawk,  orthetrum glaucaum

Dragonflies, especially the males of some species, are also territorial in nature. Research shows that among some marsh skimmers, the males with longer hind wings have an upper hand in winning territorial conflicts.

Species: orthetrum glaucaumFamily: libellulidae

Here are a few other skimmers from our earlier articles:

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pied paddy skimmer

Posted by on 08 Sep 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

The pied paddy skimmers, with their white-banded black coloured wings, are one of my favorite dragonflies. They bring back all the nostalgic childhood days, as I remember them from the time since when I was a kid – when I used to play out in the fields.

pied paddy skimmer, neurothemis tullia on a water lily

The pied colors and the habitat give them the name pied paddy skimmer. It is the males which have the black colored wings as above, while the females have golden yellow wings with dark spots/tips. These paddy skimmers are often found around ponds, fields, and all kind of pools of water. Their flight is also conspicuous, undulating and floating in the air, much like a butterfly.
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the forest skimmer

Posted by on 01 Apr 2011 | Category: photography, prakriti

Skimmers consists the largest dragonfly family. Many of them are brightly colored, and so is this forest skimmer (male). The fulvous forest skimmers are rusty colored, with transparent wing tips. The female looks similar, but with a dull brown shade.

Fulvous Forest Skimmer dragonfly, neurothemis fulvia

Click on the image above for a larger version, with the features on the wings visible.

Species: neurothemis fulvia Family: libellulidae
Common Name: Fulvous Forest Skimmer
Location: @ home, Kottayam, Kerala
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